Telmary Díaz is a rapper from Havana. She's doing a few gigs here in the US at the moment, but her story of getting here was not pretty. Sonic mysteries at the US embassy meant the consular officers weren't there to offer visas. She almost didn't make it
Josephine Baker was a superstar on the French stage. But she was also a member of the French resistance in World War II and an American civil rights activist. A new graphic biography chronicles her many identities.
Cole Porter was out of the musical theater scene during the 1930s, as American mores grew looser and more risqué. But instead of getting stodgy, he wrote the classic celebration of freedom from social constraints.
This week is one of the most heavily traveled weeks of the year. Authors of a new book about midcentury album covers take us on a trip around the globe (Europe, Cuba and Egypt) by way of music and albums from the 1950s.
In the 1960s, rock 'n' roll gave birth to many new styles of popular music. One of those was Ska, which originated in Jamaica and was a precursor to reggae. Filmmaker Brad Klein has just come out with a documentary tracing the history of ska, "Legends of Ska. Without ska, there is no reggae."
The familiar song that starts PRI's The World won't be quite as familiar today. Our signature tune is getting an update after 18 years, and composer Eric Goldberg explains how he gave a fresh sound to our theme.
Kate Bush fans from around the globe have picked a pub near the Hammersmith Apollo as a central meeting place. It's become a place to gather and share the excitement before catching one of the singer's sold-out shows, her first in 35 years.
Utada Hikaru was the first Japanese musician to do it all. Sing, write and be a pop star. She quickly became one of the country's most successful musicians — a position no one has managed to take from her.
Musicians like Prodigy, Oasis, Jay-Z and Amy Winehouse have used the so-called "Amen break," a decades-old six-second drum solo from a soul band named The Winstons. But that widespread usage never brought the band much fame or money — until now.